Clay Eula Mae

Clay Eula Mae

Saturday February 7th, 1931 - Saturday December 19th, 2020
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Eula Mae Clay, born February 7, 1931, departed this earth to be eternally in the presence of her Lord and Savior on December 19, 2020, at her home with loved ones by her side in Chattanooga, TN.

Eula was a graduate of Howard High School. Prior to retiring from Private Industry Council of Hamilton County Government as Management Information System Supervisor, she was Payroll Supervisor for the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act for the City of Chattanooga. She was a faithful Mother of New Home Missionary Baptist Church where she was loved and honored by her Pastor.

As the beloved matriarch of the Clay Family, her greatest joy was being the mother of seven, the grandmother of thirty, and great grandmother to over fifty. Her faith, wisdom, bluntness, mentoring, and unconditional love for others, was the reason her home was always opened and filled with people from all walks of life, even her boss became a son.

A single mother of seven, Eula taught her children to be the best of who God created them to be. She taught them to love people, “where they are”, even if you didn’t like them. She was a crystal-clear example of, “practice what you preach”. Eula didn’t mince words, she told you what she thought, with words that could pierce your heart but also heal your soul. She never turned away anyone who was in need. She fed, clothed, boarded, and chastised many in her home with a selfless heart that gave, even when it was her last. She was passionate about helping people live a fulfilled life.

She was preceded in death by her parents Hezekiah Boyd and Ora Mae Clay, and beloved daughter, Carla Dorice Clay.

Those left to cherish Eula’s memories are her three sons, Terrence Clay Sr., Lyndon (Ivy) Clay and Darryl Clay Sr.; three daughters, Rhonda (Raymond) Delaney, Gwyndon Bush, and Audrey (Ronald) Jones, and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and very close friends.

A special, “Thank you”, to Hospice of Chattanooga and Cynthia Ward for the greatest care given to our precious one!

A public viewing will be held 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at the funeral home. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Interment: Forest Hills Cemetery.

Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 423-622-9995
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday December 29th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Tuesday December 29th, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    John P. Franklin Funeral Home
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  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday December 30th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday December 30th, 2020 1:00pm
    Forest Hills Cemetery
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Posted at 02:22am
Miss Clay will be missed she was very dear to me she was like the neighborhood mom
to all the kids in the City. She was gentle and kind I remember when I was very young on
my walk to school I would stop by her house and if I didn’t have enough money for lunch (she had me covered)
she always left extra in a little saucer for those who needed it.
Miss Clay was wise and lovable she had a way of making you want to always be near
her-her words and actions were all of love
I will remember her contagious and unforgettable smile and laughter.
I love Miss Clay and will miss talking with her.
I’m sorry I can’t be there for her homecoming celebration.
Family, I’m sending prayers your way.

Kathy Calloway❤️ ❤️

Bill and Wilma Carlton and Family

Posted at 10:40am
We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Your mother was a wonder saint of God. We loved her and we love you guys.
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Bill and Wilma Carlton and family

Posted at 10:38am
For Gwyn and Terrance - You and in our thoughts and prayers. Your mother was a precious saint of God. We loved her and we love you guys.
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Sharon Parks

Posted at 04:29pm
Good evening family
We all are missing a very strong women of integrity, a saved woman, a woman who knew how to show love.We all will miss her.
There were times that I sought out Eula Mae Clay for all sorts of advice. She was a jewel Always had great advice. Take your peaceful rest.
Love my friend❤️ See you in the morning

Florence Pipkins

Posted at 03:54pm
Mama Eula was truly my other mother in the neighborhood. Her quick wit and loving kindness will be deeply missed. She gave me so much wisdom. My deepest condolences and prayers to
the Clay family. With Love to each of you. Florence Pipkins

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